MetaFilter Chat is a group space where MetaFilter members can talk to each other in real time. It was first set up for the 2012 US election night (MeTa thread), and has been running on a trial basis since.
We ask that people:
1. Keep Chat separate. Don't bring interpersonal stuff to Chat from the main site, and vice versa.
2. Keep Chat civil. Normal "Don't be an asshole" guidelines apply. Harassing or bullying other members is a bannable offense.
Users should be aware that Chat transcripts are logged. Contact us if you are having trouble connecting or want to report a problem.
You log in using your MetaFilter username and password, but with some small changes. You can use Chat from a web browser or a chat client.
Using a web browser:
The easiest way to try it out is to click on the "Chat" link at the top of the page, or visit chat.metafilter.com in your browser.
To log in to browser-based Chat, format your username as follows. Use all lowercase, even if your MetaFilter username contains uppercase letters, but you can include spaces and other special characters as normal:
Using a chat client:
The chat server uses the Jabber/XMPP protocol. If you don't want to use a browser-based chat, you can also connect with various Jabber clients that support group chat. These include Adium, Pidgin, or Spark. On an iPhone, JabberB and OneTeam both work with the MeFi chat server. Android users can try Jabiru. And there's a longer list of clients for various systems here.
To log in with a chat client, format your username as described above, being sure to use all lowercase. (This whole string is your Jabber ID.) If your username contains spaces or punctuation, for chat clients you'll also need to escape those characters. To escape a space, use \20. (For other special characters, see this link.) So a name like Example User would login using:
If you use an alternate client, you'll also need to know the name of the group chat room: